Which is correct – different from or different than?

The choice between using different from versus different than is another one of those English language myths. Prescriptivists argue that different from is the only correct form that educated people would choose. Indeed, some discussion boards on this usage point reveal that some purists feel so strongly they cite the decline or dumbing down of …

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What is voice in writing?

A recent Writing Workshop wanted to talk about voice in literature. They noticed that when participants shared their writing, they could “hear” the author’s voice more clearly than when they read the work on their own. In this Workshopping process, we share and discuss the work in a structured and consciously developed method, which involves …

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Advantageous Adverbs

The previous post looked at some contested uses of adverbs: the overuse of adverbs, especially in the place of strong, specific verbs, and the use of flat adverbs (drive slow rather than drive slowly). These flat, or short, adverb forms do not have the familiar adverb –ly endings and look like their related adjective forms, …

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Grammatical errors and other matters of style

Writers can use their understanding of grammar rules and sentence syntax to shape their stylistic choices. As discussed in the previous post, when writers make “accurate, effective, and helpful punctuation choices,” this adds to their competency and authority as a writers, asserts Martha Kolln in Rhetorical Grammar (84). While grammar handbooks and in-house style guides …

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